The LOEWE FOUNDATION launches the eighth edition of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize, an international award celebrating excellence in craftsmanship. 

The LOEWE FOUNDATION seeks to recognize uniquely talented artisans whose artistic vision and will to innovate set new standards for the future of craft.

The Prize for the winning entry is 50,000 euros. The shortlisted and winning works will feature in the exhibition and accompanying catalogue in Madrid in Spring 2025.

Digital exhibition

Discover more about the finalists and their craft in our multisensory digital exhibition, exploring the materials, techniques, and unique sounds of the shortlisted works.

The Room

Our digital platform, The Room, is the first public database of contemporary craft. Designed to enable artists to share their work with a global audience, it also gives viewers the opportunity to discover, research and collect art by the world’s most innovative craftspeople working today. Artists can upload their own content and imagery and provide contact details for enquiries.

How to participate

Read the Rules of Entry and make sure you comply with all requirements. All participants must be professional artisans 18 years or older. Entries may be made by an individual or collective (as a ‘group submission’). All nationalities are welcome.

Make sure the work: demonstrates artistic intent in addition to technical proficiency is an original piece, handmade or partly handmade is recently created (in the last five years), and one-of-a-kind, and has not won any prizes previously is innovative, in the sense that it updates tradition falls within an area of the applied arts, such as ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass, paper, wood, etc.

Complete the online registration in English: you need 2 to 5 photographs of the work (or series) and optionally a video. Write a brief conceptual statement about the work. Submit your application by 30 October 2023.

Meet the Jury of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2025

From the shortlist, a jury composed of 13 leading figures from the world of design, architecture, journalism, criticism and museum curatorship, will select the winner of the 2025 Craft Prize.

The prize awarded to the winner is 50,000 Euros in cash and the announcement will be made in the Spring of 2025.

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Abraham Thomas

Curator of Modern Architecture, Design and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Anatxu Zabalbeascoa
Architecture and design correspondent for El País

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Deyan Sudjic
Essayist and Director of Design Museum, London

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Frida Escobedo
Essayist and architect

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Jonathan Anderson
LOEWE Creative Director

 

"Craft is always going to be modern. It is about creating objects that have a formula of their own and speak their own language, creating a dialogue that didn't exist before. It is about newness as much as it is about tradition."

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Magdalene Odundo

Ceramist

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Minsuk Cho

Architect and Venice Gold Lion winner

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Naoto Fukasawa
Designer and Director of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum Tokyo

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Olivier Gabet
Director of the Art Department at the Louvre Museum, Paris

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Patricia Urquiola
Architect and industrial designer

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Sheila Loewe (Chairwoman)

President of the LOEWE FOUNDATION

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Wang Shu
Architect and Pritzker Prize winner

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LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2019 Exhibition
Sogetsu Kaikan, Tokyo

LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2019 Exhibition
Sogetsu Kaikan, Tokyo

About the Craft Prize

The LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value. By identifying work that reinterprets existing knowledge to make it relevant today while reflecting its maker’s personal language and distinct hand, the LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to highlight the continuing contribution of craft to the culture of our time.

All entries should

- fall within an area of applied arts, such as ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass, paper, wood, etc.
- be an original work, handmade or partly handmade
- have been created in the last five years
- be one-of a-kind
- have won no prizes previously
- demonstrate artistic intent.

The Prize for the winning entry is 50,000 euros. The winning work selected by the Jury, as well as the works of the finalists selected by the Experts Panel will be included in an exhibition and accompanying catalogue “LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2024”, on view in Paris.

Expert Panel

The Expert Panel will consider all works presented and submit to the Jury a shortlist of 30 one-off works which they consider most outstanding, representing excellence, newness, innovation and artistic vision in modern craftsmanship.
Watch a conversation on modern craft here.

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Anatxu Zabalbeascoa (Executive Secretary)
Architecture and design correspondent for El País

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Andrew Bonacina
LOEWE Art Consultant and Independent Curator

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Antonia Boström
Director of Collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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Michelle Fischer

Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Hyeyoung Cho
Secretary General at the Korea Craft and Design Foundation

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Kevin Grey

Metal artist and finalist of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2024

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Sara Flynn
Ceramist

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Ibrahim Mahama
Mixed media artist

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Wolfgang Lösche
Head of Exhibition and Fairs at the Chamber of Skilled Trades, Munich

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Aya Oki

Glass artist and finalist of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2024